MIMIC 3 FILM SET (BLU RAY)
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Guillermo Del Toro & Jean de Segonzac & J.T. Petty
What's it about
Lionsgate brings us all 3 Mimic films in all their glory in Hi-Def!
Is it good movie?
I'll try to keep this short and sweet in the name of brevity, so here
Mimic stars Mira Sorvino as Dr. Susan Tyler, a woman who helped come up
with a way to stop NYC's nasty roach problem by designing a super-bug
to wipe them out, known as the Judas Breed. Unfortunately for her, this
breed has sort of gained sentience after a few years and weird things
Susan is trying to settle down and marry her scientist pal Jeremy
Northman, but murders start taking place in the subway system downtown
which begin to wipe out the homeless population (and some annoying kids
who bring Susan bugs for her collection). On top of that, what looks to
be a tall scary dude in a trench coat is everywhere she doesn't want
him to be. Add in a subplot about an autistic boy who sees the "man
with funny feet", and you've got yourself an early Guillermo Del Toro
There are no bones made about the fact that the Weinsteins messed with
this movie pretty badly, and we're lucky enough to be treated to Del
Toro's cut instead of the studio one. What's surprising about this
flick is that it still holds up pretty well and is anchored by a pretty
good performance from Mira Sorvino (although I'm partial, I've always
Mimic is a well paced and slow building movie that really builds on an
impending sense of impending danger and trouble. It helps that the last
part of the film features the always awesome Charles S. Dutton, and the
subway scenes are quite memorable as a result. If you look closely,
you'll even spot a young Josh Brolin and even F. Murray Abraham spices
things up for us.
I was really surprised by Mimic- I was really able to get into it,
after initially dismissing it when I saw it years ago. It's not
perfect- it moves slow and seems to run about 20 minutes longer than it
should. With that said, the CGI doesn't look great, but there's some
awesome animatronic stuff here. This is far and away the strongest film
of the set, and if you are a fan you won't be disappointed.
Remi (Alix Koromazay) takes a job as an elementary teacher after having
made it through the last outbreak (she was Dr. Tyler's assistant in the
first film), but those darn Judas Bugs just won't quit trying to look
like humans, and threaten the lives of people within the school.
There isn't much new material here in this flick and the quality of the
films takes a steep drop after the first one's bigger budgeted effort.
They look and feel like cheap TV movies, and pretty much are exactly
that. This is really just another giant bug movie, although the
creatures look pretty good and haven't gotten way more ridiculous than
the last one.
Remi's under the gun from Detective Klaski (Bruno Campos), who suspects
she's a killer based on her stupid "man wall of shame" where she makes
stupid faces after bad dates and posts a polaroid. Anyway, this isn't
all, as the giant bug wants to get her pregnant with bug babies, and
kills all of her stupid boyfriends.
I don't have much else I can say about this flick. It's pretty
watchable, to be honest, although it's really tame. It breezes by at
only 79 minutes in length and doesn't stop to explain things much, so I
hope you don't mind a load of dumb with your tepid horror sequels. This
Sentinel (1.5/4 mugs)
This one deals with a bubble boy (or man)! Yeah, Marvin (Karl
Geary) is a shut in who's allergic to everything and stuck in a
small area of his apartment. He naturally watches things with his old
camera and has few people in his life. He's got his sister (Alexis
Dziena) and a hot neighbor named Carmen (Rebecca Mader). Of course,
going all Rear Window style, he believes his neighbor (affectionately
dubbed "The Garbage Man [and played by Lance Henriksen!]" is killing
How's this related to the Judas Breed? Well, it gets stretched. Marvin
is afflicted with the virus the breed was created to destroy in the
first flick, and of course the intended suspect isn't killing people;
the breed is doing the deed.
This one is probably the worst of the three flicks, and just doesn't
work hardly at all. We've seen the plot before, but done in far better
ways. Marvin is not a likable character and that just about kills it
from the outset. The dude is a bit of a creep and the thought that he
could ever get a girl like Carmen is laughable. Marvin has literally
been peeping on her while she's in her apartment. The whole thing gave
off a weird vibe.
As for the bugs, they do have some cool moments, but it isn't enough to
make the flick worth watching. Also, it's super weird that they ape the
whole "trapped" aspect of Rear Window, but yet the camera never lingers
where Marvin is, so we never get to feel his pain. The whole thing
builds to a point where we expect the bugs to be taking over, but ends
super quickly, and in a rather unsatisfying manner. If you're into lame
twists, this'll be up your alley.
Video / Audio
All three films are presented in 1:85:1
widescreen and range from pretty good to darn good. Nothing to
really blow your mind here, but solid image quality throughout. The
first film holds up best in terms of visual quality.
Audio tracks come in DTS-HD
Master Audio, and again, the first film gets the best treatment, with a
great audio presentation that booms. The other two flicks are just
Video Prologue with Guillermo
Audio commentary track with Guillermo
del Toro: Super informative, with a ton of info about how the
studio screwed with his vision. The guy is honest, insightful and
Reclaiming Mimic: More visual
proof of how this release was restored to Del Toro's vision, runs about
15 minutes long.
A Leap in Evolution: The
Creatures of Mimic deals with the effects and bug design of the Judas
Breed, which although being dated, still pack a gross punch (crunch?).
Back into the Tunnels: Shooting
Mimic: Is all about the troubles and challenges of shooting the
A few Deleted Scenes exist,
but nothing really worth watching besides an alternate ending.
A few Storyboard Animatics, a
lame Gag Reel and the Original Theatrical Trailer are also
Mimic 2 Features;
5 Days of Mimic 2: Straight up
standard EPK stuff here, glad handing, complimenting and glossing over
Behind the Sounds of Mimic 2:
This lasts about 5 minutes and talks about mixing stuff at Skywalker
Another 5 minutes or so of lame Deleted
Scenes round this one out.
Mimic Sentinel Features:
First up is an Audio Commentary
with director J.T. Perry, who makes the movie worth watching by
adding his track. He's funny, honest, and full of jabs for his own
Another 15 minute Behind the Scenes featurette
appears- for more information, read my description of 5 days of Mimic 2.
Cast Auditions show
you..well, early audition tapes!
I can't recommend this set based on the addition of two other flicks.
The original Mimic stands alone if you want to buy it without these,
and that's where I'd lay my cash down. Buy this one only if you're a
completist or really love straight-to-video cash grab sequels.